Younis hits 127 to put Pakistan in charge
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):
West Indies showed early promise but buckled under the weight of the irrepressible Younis Khan's 33rd Test hundred and a couple of dropped chances as Pakistan gained an early foothold in the second Test here yesterday.
Opting to bat first on a flat track on the opening day of the contest at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the hosts were comfortably placed on 304 for four when bad light ended play with six overs remaining.
Younis, who missed last week's historic day/night opening Test in Dubai as he recovered from a bout of dengue, stroked a high-class 127, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq closed on an unbeaten 90.
Asad Shafiq, who also got a half-century in the opening Test, chimed in with a valuable 68 to help pull Pakistan around after they lost their openers cheaply.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was impressive despite struggling with a no-ball problem, leading the Windies attack with two for 43 from his 14 overs sent down in short spells throughout the day.
The right-armer struck as early as the fifth over of the morning when he had first Test triple century-maker Azhar Ali bowled off the inside edge without scoring, with only six runs on the board.
Shafiq arrived to add 36 for the second wicket with Sami Aslam before the left-hander perished on the stroke of the first hour, bowled for six between bat and pad, missing a drive at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Thereafter, however, West Indies were forced to toil for success as the 38-year-old Younis spearheaded two partnerships to limit West Indies to just two more wickets for the remainder of the day.
He and Shafiq posted 87 for the third wicket to see Pakistan safely to the lunch interval before he added a further 175 for the fourth wicket with the unruffled Misbah, which ensured the hosts won the last two sessions.
PAKISTAN 1st innings
Sami Aslam b Bishoo 6
Azhar Ali b Gabriel 0
Asad Shafiq b Gabriel 68
Younis Khan c Chase b Brathwaite 127
*Misbah-ul-Haq not out 90
Extras (lb6, nb7) 13
Total (4 wkts, 84 overs) 304
To bat: +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304.
Bowling: Gabriel 14-1-43-2 (nb7), Cummins 15-1-43-0, Holder 14-4-31-0, Bishoo 20-0-92-1, Chase 12-0-53-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1.
*J Holder, K Brathwaite, L Johnson, D Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, +S Hope, D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel.
Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV - P Reiffel.